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RE: Ford 460 motorhome running hot

The times I have had overheating issues it has been caused by one of the following: Twice- Bad fan clutch Several Times with several different vehicles- bad thermostat. I am currently replacing the thermostat in my daily driver Once- clogged radiator There is a product which is great for RVs and tow vehicles it is called 'Wetter Water". It performs as advertised and helps keep the coolant cooler as you go up grades. https://www.redlineoil.com/waterwetter-coolant-additives
the bear II 08/23/19 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Tires

After a year of research on RV and Freight Transporter forums, I decided to go with Michelin XPS RIBS tires. They seemed to have the best reviews from people who put lots of miles on their vehicles each year. My second choice would have been Maxxis tires also due to the posts on those forums.
the bear II 08/22/19 03:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: How big a pain to sell a 17 year old Alpha Gold?

From what I've read over the past 20 years on RV Forums, people who sell their RVs using a consignment dealer have a love hate relationship. Some have been happy and felt it was worth it. Others were very unhappy with the experience. I'd say if it was in excellent condition a consignment dealer is the way to go. With it being in fair condition, I'm guessing the price will be so low you'll see little or no profit if the dealer sells it. One thing for sure is to get the dealer to provide a written marketing plan; what are they going to do to sell the unit. I know your MIL probably could use the money if the unit sells but you may consider donating it. Or advertise it in the current park, maybe someone has been admiring it and wants to move up from what they have.
the bear II 08/22/19 12:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

Sounds like you may need one or more tire balanced. The tires should not cause shaking unless they are out of balance or have an issue like bubble, separating bands or beginnings of tread separation
the bear II 08/20/19 01:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best fit for family of six?

Our family of 6 traveled back to Kentucky/Ohio area each summer to visit relatives as I was growing up. We used suburbans and tents for several years, then a delivery van converted to a motorhome, then a suburban and travel trailer for the remaining years. The best choice was the travel trailer and suburban. During the trips to and from we visited many of the historic and tourist sites across the country. My parents would have us research the areas we would travel and the places we visited. It helped to gives us a leg up in school because we had seen first hand many of the places teachers would discuss in history and geography. It is a part of my life that I still value. During these trips we visited all of the states in the Continental US plus most of the National Parks.
the bear II 08/15/19 10:36am Beginning RVing
RE: Another Newbie Question about Brands

As has been said you'll see posts with good comments about a brand and posts with bad comments about a brand. We've bought 2 brand new RVs since 1978. The first was a Nomad Travel Trailer that we used at least one weekend per month with several long distance trips during the 16 years we had it. Nomad was considered a mid-quality TT at the time. We currently have a 25 year old Alfa 5th Wheel which has been used at least one weekend a month plus long stays during the summer (2 weeks to 3 months) each year. We traveled 7000 miles during one trip around the US. The Alfa See-Ya was considered a mid-quality RV at the time we bought it. Both trailers have held up well with what I would consider normal wear and tear repairs needed over the years. Both of these brands are no longer manufactured although Skyline (Nomad) still builds TT & mobile homes. I feel that good preventative maintenance helped keep these trailers on the road.
the bear II 08/13/19 01:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thinking of a Mercedes Class C

Also take into consideration if you plan to tow a vehicle behind it. The Mercedes only has around 190 horsepower.
the bear II 08/13/19 01:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Major suspension/steering upgrade

Caster and camber adjustment plays a big part in how well a vehicle travels down the road and over rough highway. Steering stabilizers are an inexpensive way to help with some steering issues.
the bear II 08/13/19 11:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: SoCal to North Central Washington: 395 or 95?

If you're bored with I-5, I would go the 395 route. It's new scenery and there are some great little towns along the way with unique food and shopping. Quite a few historic sites as well.
the bear II 08/09/19 12:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: AC question

Leaving anything running unattended is asking for trouble. Moisture can be managed with products made to eliminate moisture in stored RVs. Based on the stories I've seen in the RV forums and on the news a majority of RV fires are traced back to the fridge. Read the recent post about the A/C units with smoke coming from the vents. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29945396.cfm
the bear II 08/09/19 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: air conditioner problems

Sounds like a major failure of one or both A/C units. Time to get some fans until the A/C is fixed
the bear II 08/09/19 11:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why not forget holding tanks and just use portable tanks?

That would work for most boondocking areas but most RV, National and state parks require RVs to meet RVIA standards which include holding tanks. You'll see park rules state "Must be fully self contained" Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Those blue portable tanks can be a hand full to dump depending on where you have to dump them. The smell can be deadly. Holding tanks with a sealed sewer hose setup is the best way to go. Little or no smell or mess.
the bear II 08/09/19 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Ice cream?

Our Dometic Refrigerator freezer compartment has three zones- the top will freeze anything hard as a rock, the next two shelves will keep frozen food solid but takes a day or so to freeze items not already frozen. The bottom shelf keeps items colder than the refrigerator but rarely will freeze anything. So we keep ice cream at the top and it stays hard. It does seem though that some ice cream now days doesn't seem to freeze hard even at home in a residential fridge. We currently have a 3 gallon bucket of ice cream from Kroger that has stayed soft for about two weeks so far. I experienced this with other ice creams as well (usually the cheap stuff).
the bear II 08/08/19 12:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

I vote for Option 1...reason take your time see the sights and enjoy the trip. Don't worry about the setup and tear down...it's fairly easy and shouldn't take more than a half hour for each.
the bear II 08/05/19 02:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fifth-Wheel Longevity?

Our 38ft 5th wheel was purchased new in 1994. It was primarily used for long weekend trips (3 to 4 days) once per month with a 2 to 3 week stay during the summer each year. This was for the first 15 years. For the past 10 years the summer stay has increased to 3 months with the occasional long weekend trip. When not in use, the trailer is stored outdoors uncovered in Southern California about 6 miles from the ocean. The edpm roof needs to be replaced and over the years I have replaced typical wear and tear items (batteries, tires, brakes and the awning fabric) we did have to replace the refrigerator coil at 10 years. Three years ago one of the springs broke and I replaced all 4 springs and equalizers. I do preventative maintenance which I believe has contributed to the long life. The trailer is solid and still looks new when it's washed and waxed. The interior is near showroom condition. With proper care the RVs last. Our previous TT was 16 years old when we sold it to buy the 5th wheel.
the bear II 08/01/19 02:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bowlus Road Chief

These are based on the original Bowlus Trailers from the 30's. From time to time I still see some of the original trailers at car and rv shows. I tried to buy one back in the 80's that had been stored in a barn. The owner wouldn't let go of it. From Wikipedia- Original designer and manufacurer- William Hawley Bowlus was an aircraft designer who had worked on The Spirit of St. Louis.
the bear II 07/31/19 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV lifestyle...

It's my DW. She likes to have the full treatment feel when camping (Glamping). For a weekend trip it's usually just the awning chairs and table. When we stay for week or more then it's everything (patio mat, decorations, lights, candles, flags...etc). I have spent 3 days setting up for a 3 month long stay.
the bear II 07/31/19 12:00pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Taking smaller airstream down Forest Service roads?

Wally Byam in the 50's and 60's would lead large groups of Airstream caravans into remote areas of the world. Here's a link to the club website https://wbcci.org/
the bear II 07/31/19 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Mobility scooter questions

We have two mobility scooters. The best of the two is a Pride Celebrity X. The batteries last more than 5 years if they are properly charged. Both are 3 wheel models which are stable on rough ground but can tip if you turn to quickly or a rear wheel catches a curb/rock. The 4 wheel models are much more stable but heavier. Both scooters break down into 6 pieces. The heaviest parts are the 2 batteries and rear wheels with drive motor. The seats are cumbersome to load and unload. Ours are rated to go 6 miles on a full charge. We primarily use them to run around the campgrounds and at events like a car show or flea market. I've never measured the distance we have traveled on a single charge but so far we have not had them run out of juice. The second scooter is by Invacare. It's not quite as nice as the Pride celebrity but works just as well. Both of ours are about 10 years old and still going strong.
the bear II 07/30/19 01:51pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Carrying a scooter (motorbike, not mobility scooter) ?

X-2 front of truck or in the bed.
the bear II 07/29/19 03:20pm General RVing Issues
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